Food & Drink

Curley’s Cafe is a ‘hidden gem’ for comfort food on Grand Strand

By Emily Smith

For The Sun News

Curley’s Cafe Garret Burger and Sweet Potato Fries
Curley’s Cafe Garret Burger and Sweet Potato Fries

A homemade meal isn’t hard to find no matter where you are along the Grand Strand. One of Little River’s favorite spots is Curley’s Café, an unassuming eatery that packs a powerful punch in regards of service and food.

Less than a mile down S.C. 57 off of S.C. 9, a small shopping center has been home to this restaurant since 2012. The parking lot can fill up fast during the popular meal hours, from breakfast to dinner. Locals are constantly dropping by for their favorite meal or one of the daily specials, prepared quickly by people they’ve come to know.

Even workers on their lunch break take advantage of Curley’s on weekdays, with many meals being called in so the food is ready and waiting by the time the customer comes to pick it up. Service remains friendly and attentive, no matter who is coming and going, and there are occasional conversations in between tables as servers catch up with their guests.

The menu has a good array of American food, all at prices that are quite affordable. Breakfast dishes, served all day, include the platter with eggs, hash browns, toast or a biscuit, and a choice of meat, all cooked to order. Hotcakes and omelets aren’t far from reach either.

Lunch and dinner brings in the sandwiches, soups, salads, and more. All sorts of Southern favorites show up too, like fried green tomatoes, gumbo, and shrimp po’boys. Burgers with hand pressed patties are a popular choice, like the filling Garrett Burger that comes with ham, sweet caramelized onions, and house made pimento cheese for a little spice.

On top of all the regular menu options, Curley’s offers blue plate specials for $7.79 or $9.79 every weekday. For instance, you can choose smoked chicken on Monday, pork chops on Wednesday, or chicken bog on Thursday.

These specials come with two or three sides, depending on which price you’d like to pay. There is a plethora of great Southern sides to choose from, from coleslaw to corn fritters. Curley’s does warn guests, however, that these specials may run out during the day.

There’s nothing fancy about Curley’s Café, and there doesn’t need to be. It’s clean, comfortable, and wonderfully friendly, everything that makes a perfect spot for friends and family to gather. For some, it may be a home away from home, especially with all the home cooked food, right down to their scrumptious desserts.

It seems everything this café does is by the locals, for the locals. Considering the great prices, amazing food, generous servings, and amicable service, Curley’s Café will undoubtedly remain a favorite, though perhaps some regulars will want it to also remain a hidden gem.

If You Eat

What | Curley’s Café

Where | 279 S.C. 57, Little River

Hours | 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Information |, 843-399-9901